“Emerge” by Fischerspooner
It’s 2001 and New York City doesn’t know what to do with itself. It’s bleeding, frenetic, can’t seem to catch its breath, and the media is blowing into its last nerve like a bellows. You’re trying to figure out how to be a girl / person they want to hire, living in a windowless room the size of a closet above Balanza Bar where Hotel California creeps in always after close when it’s all smoke and neighborhood, lines lined up on the bar. Nights are expansive, a refusal to accept the day’s limitations, a chance for a second story. You don’t hear the Eagles, your inner soundtrack pulsing with electroclash: a want, a drive, a knowing. Yes, fuck: there’s hypermediocrity everywhere, but shut down the inner naysayers that nay the night’s rough intelligences. You are emergent. It feels good, so fucking let it. You don’t need to tear away.
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a nonbinary artist and author working in performance, exhibition, and publication in conversation with new media. Lynne is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt, founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System, as well as Libraries Editor at Boog City. She is the author of GROUND, blood atlas, and Overview Effect, co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinski/Sō Percussion, and co-editor of the anthologies RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems for the Resistance, and In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body. She publishes zines and chapbooks under The Trouble With Bartleby, including the 2017 “Fighting Words” series. Recent or forthcoming publication credits include Drunken Boat/Anomaly, The Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Gorgon Poetics, Live Mag!, and a Panthalassa Pamphlet, from Tea & Tattered Pages Press. She performs often, resists always, and lives in Brooklyn NY. Find her on Twitter or Instragram.
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